The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, in partnership with Walmart, is working to provide up to 10,000 DC students with the opportunity to visit the America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition.
The exhibition celebrates nearly 500 years of black history with an impressive presentation of more than 200 artifacts displaying African-American contributions to this country. This is the fifth stop of the award-winning exhibition’s four-year tour. The exhibition makes its Washington, DC, debut to the public on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, at the National Geographic Museum and is on display until May 1st, 2011.
The America: I AM exhibition was developed in partnership with Tavis Smiley and organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Arts and Exhibitions International. The exhibition arrives in DC in the beginning days of Black History Month and offers attendees a chance to examine the undeniable impact of African-Americans on United States culture. Their stories - some familiar, many surprising - are inseparable from the story of America itself. Walmart, title sponsor of the exhibition, has provided complimentary youth tickets and transportation that will be distributed through the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
“At the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative, we believe that arts and humanities are central to the education of every student and contribute to their overall growth,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director. “From exploring the contributions of African-Americans to celebrating the culture as a whole, we are confident students will be inspired by their America I AM experience.”
Teachers who wish to partake in this wonderful opportunity to bring their students to the America I AM exhibit are eligible to receive complimentary transportation and student tickets. DC public school and public charter school teachers can contact the DC Collaborative at (202) 204-7750 in order to request a date. Student lesson plans and activity sheets are available on the America I AM official exhibition website at http://www.americaiam.org/Pages/Educators.aspx.
The National Geographic Museum is located at 1145 17th Street, NW, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other area student organizations can contact the National Geographic Museum at (202) 857-7700 to access student tickets for groups of 25 or more.
About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
Sixty members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student and the Arts Education Initiative.